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Jan 29, 2013 10:00pm EST
learning who will replace john kerry in the united states senate. governor patrick has indicated he will make that announcement tomorrow morning. that is coming up. i love to eat. i love hanging out with my friends. i have a great fit with my dentures. i love kiwis. i've always had that issue with the seeds getting under my denture. super poligrip free -- it creates a seal of the dentures in my mouth. even well-fitting dentures let in food particles. super poligrip is zinc free. with just a few dabs, it's clinically proven to seal out more food particles so you're more comfortable and confident while you eat. super poligrip free made the kiwi an enjoyable experience. [ charlie ] try zinc free super poligrip. . >>> the ayes are 94, the nays are three, and one respondent present. and john forbes kerry, to be our next secretary of state, is confirmed. >> the senate voting present was john kerry, who stepped aside. the no-votes were from the two embarrassment texas voters have sent to the united states senate, and from an oklahoma senator who could easily lose a spelling bee if asked to spel
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 5:00am EST
one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear his commitment to israel's security. >> i strongly support israel. >> and clarify his stand on iran. he incorrectly referred to the policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: he said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that's kelly o'donnell reporting. >>> three stories that will be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says good-bye it's at the white house and then gives a farewell address later in the afternoon. john kerry takes the oath and title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice president joe biden who is in germany meeting with chancellor angela merkel. >>> now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. chris christie praised pr
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 9:00pm EST
most important committees in the united states senate. >> yeah. seeing the blog world just spelled out. i mean, i love blogs, but as a member of the senate on this committee with this point i would not be dragging that stuff into that hearing room. steve clemons of the new america foundation, washington editor at large at "the atlantic," thank you for being here, steve. it's always great to see you. >> thanks, rachel. >> all right. we've got another packed show tonight, including the absolute best reason to watch the super bowl. with all due respect to the ravens and the 49ers and beyo e beyonce, we've got a better reason. lots more to come. f. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. now tell the world daniel... all stations come over to mithis is for real
MSNBC
Jan 25, 2013 2:00pm EST
pace in the u.s. senate. throughout its history, the united states senate has been the world's greatest deliberative body and sometimes they deliberate a little bit too long but the white house actually said that they supported the modest measures and it depends on where you are on the united states senate. sometimes when people want quick action now, those people were disappointed but if you believe in evolutional or gradual change as president obama sometimes does, you would end up taking that half or a third of a loaf. >> okay. so progressives, though, certainly have not had a good time hearing about this and specifically coming out and being very stern in reaction to harry reid. take a listen to rachel maddow. >> wow, harry reid, yeah. this is the day everybody was looking forward to in terms of changing how the senate operate and if you hear sad trombones, that's why. after the months, years of promises this time he was going to do it. but hey. at least we'll be able to see them get nothing done faster now. >> all right. so i had a chance to talk with ed schultz in hi hour
MSNBC
Jan 25, 2013 1:00am EST
for being a united states senator. >> it is a matter of tricking enough voters. >> the bar is in the ground. >> what an amazing day two on the failure to unearth the conspiracy of how to lie to the american people. >> he is like a human whack-a-mole. ron johnson gets too close to him and your brain cells die. this is like the legacy of ron johnson. he attributes the warming of the earth to sun spots to gee logical spots of time. he is convinced that there is a conspiracy and there is none there. nor is it with hillary clinton saying it doesn't matter. he is obsessed with you know, he is obsessed with suspects who are no longer being examined and we know who did it. but he is following vapor trails to nowhere. >> i thought marco rubio did well i wondered if ron johnson was part of a one-two punch. he was going to really try to be -- men al migitry. >> it was striking to me. the sense of and this is bipartisan. the sense of paranoya anxiety that permeates every discussion of america's role in the world and foreign policy. you would think we are consumed by constant threats and occupier
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 6:00pm EST
border. >> of course, now it all makes sense. from glen beck's chalk board to the united states senate. beck started pushing these theories back in october claiming that president obama was funneling weapons from libya to jihadists in syria. from there, it jumped to fox news and then the gop senate. that's exactly how they move to the mainstream. senator paul, did you think we'd let you get away with all of that turkey talk? nice try, but we gotchya. every six months without an accident, allstate sends a check. ok. [ voice of dennis ] silence. are you in good hands? ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sens
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Jan 31, 2013 1:00am EST
kerry's seat in the united states senate. and he did not choose barney frank, despite me publicly urging him to do so for weeks now. what could the guy possibly have been thinking? we'll find out when the governor joins me tomorrow night on this program. and we'll show you the man he did choose later in the show tonight. that is coming up. [ dog barking ] ♪ [ female announcer ] life is full of little tests, but your basic paper towel can handle them. especially if that towel is bounty basic. the towel that's durable, and scrubbable. in this lab demo, bounty basic is stronger than the leading bargain brand. everyday life? bring it with bounty basic. the strong but affordable picker-upper... now costs even less. >>> too many children are dying. too many children. you must act. be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. thank you. >> former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, the victim of a gun massacre using a high-capacity magazine was the first to speak at the senate hearing on gun violence today. she was helped out of the hearing room -- after her short introduction, and th
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 11:00am EST
dictatorial fashion. gr for four years, nearly four years, the united states senate has not done a budget. and so this bill before us is real simple. it says, congress, if you don't do a budget, you don't get paid. >> this is institutionalized bribery is extortion. it should never be considered. >> do you agree with steny hoyer had to say about holding policy hostage and this is kicking the can down the road? >> we introduced legislation last week that was a clean no budget no pay piece. i think we should have a clean debt ceiling extension and the fact they coupled it together probably is not how i would have introduced legislation. that said, our job is putting together a responsible budget. that allows the public to see what our priorities are, how we're going to use our tax revenue. and we can do this in a smart way. >> one thing that is going on currently as we speak, the confirmation hearings for john kerry to take over for secretary clinton, and yesterday, it was certainly a big day on the hill for secretary clinton about the benghazi situation. i want to play for everybody
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 3:00am EST
. earlier today, the united states senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm senator john kerry as our next secretary of state. only three republican senators voted no. >> mr. cruz, no. mr. cornyn, no. mr. inhofe, no. >> john cornyn and ted cruz opposed john kerry's confirmation, and of course oklahoma senator james inhofe voted now. we should point out that senator inhofe is terrible at flying airplanes but great at denying the science of global warming there is no reason they should have voted against john kerry's confirmation. he is without a doubt the most qualified person to be our next secretary of state. john kerry has served on the senate foreign relations committee for, let's see, 28 years? in the last four as chairman, as has served four years of the united states navy including active duty in the vietnam war. he has run for president, kind of knows what is happening. and he also already has travelled the globe on behalf of the obama administration, helping mend strained relations with afghanistan and pakistan. during kerry's nomination, president obama called him the perfect pers
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 12:00am EST
was a senator from the great state of massachusetts, john kerry was an officer in the united states navy. he served in vietnam, where pretty famously he was awarded three purple hearts and a silver star and a bronze star. before he was the senator from the great state of texas, before he was a lawyer, ted cruz, on the other hand, went to princeton, and then went to harvard law school, where he did very well in school. it was therefore pretty breathtaking when senator ted cruz voiced his opposition to both senator kerry's nomination at the state department and to the nomination of chuck hagel to run the defense department. chuck hagel received two purple hearts in vietnam and walks around every day with shrapnel in his chest. it was pretty remarkable when we heard the reason why senator ted cruz says that those two wounded combat veterans are not going to get his vote in the senate. >> we've got two pending nominations, john kerry, chuck hagel. both of whom are very prominently anti-us. less than ardent fans of the u.s. military. >> they don't love the military. not like he does. he is the junior senator from texas. there are no medals for a declaration like that, but technically speaking, i think what we're supposed to say is that i
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 5:00pm EST
. >>> as i mentioned john kerry has now been confirmed by the united states senate. happened late this afternoon. he's the next secretary of state. in fact, he is secretary of state. the vote was 94-3. the only no votes came from both from texas senators john cornyn and ted cruz and oklahoma's james inhofe. the foreign relations committee which kerry chaired for the past four years voted for him unanimously. tomorrow m governor duvall patrick is expected to name kerry's replacement to the senate. that will be a big headline, the new senator from massachusetts. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go national. go like a pro. >>> welcome back to "hardball." for months now we've been watching th
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 6:00am EST
israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person -- >> name one dumb thing we've been goaded into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology used. >> you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> well, i can't give you an example. >> thank you. >> andrea mitchell, obviously such a balancing act of a topic. what do you make of the questioning and the answers? >> well, first of all, i think, you know, remember when lloyd bentsen had breakfast with some lobbyists and there was a big brouhaha when he was about to become treasury secretary, he said when i make a mistake, it's a beaut. and it went away. i also think if i would have been prepping him, i wouldn't have let him, in his response, refer to the, quote, jewish lobby because that creates another sound bite. don't do that. just say i know there's some controversy about what i said, and i never should have said that, let's move on, and then tu
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >> do you think, steve -- you sound optimist uk about gun control. do you believe the united states senate, which is run by democrats now, 55 controlled, 55 seats are democrat, will they pass a bill which the house will have to swallow? will they do something real that they can take to conference and possibly get signed by the president? because they've got to take the lead. the house ain't going to do it. >> i think if the president takes the lead and he takes the case to the country i think the senate will pass something. pat leahy is a great example of frankly the challenge here because he's from a state where people value their guns. but once hunters understand and then most hunters do understand that this isn't a threat to their ability to hunt, this is a threat to those people who hunt other people with assault weapons and kill dozens at a time very quickly if they want to. and it will get to the house. and the house, you know, is going to have a tough vote. by the way, chris, there's one other thing in this bill. it also bans rocket launchers and grenade launchers. >> i think that's fair.
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 4:00pm EST
the united states senate, look at folks like todd akin, folks like mourdock in indiana, christine o'donnell in delaware. you see the strength of the grassroots. that's why the grading systems are so effective, because they put somebody on a target list for grassroots conservative organizations to take out in a primary, and if you go to their website, it's very slick. it's very well-done. very easy to click on somebody. you can see six or seven votes, and the way in which they penalize people for a vote that ordinarily would just be a common thing to take, for example something that might not be completely offset, let's say you're from a coastal area and you're supporting something -- some government money to go there for rebuilding if you get hit for a storm. that doesn't align. sorry if you're from louisiana, from florida. done. you might be the most conservative person of all time but because you voted to help out your district, you're going to get an "x" right there. it's really quite remarkable. >> it's absolutely incredible. clarence, heritage action is what's known as a soci
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 5:00pm EST
person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> name one dumb thing we've been goaded into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology. >> what is he trying to do there, peter? i mean, he's trying to bait him it seems to me. i'll answer my own question, into saying something against a fellow senator. first of all, if he were to name a fellow senator that would be the headline tomorrow morning and tonight on the news, it would be mccarthyism. this guy got prodded into voting a way he didn't want to vote because he's worried about some influential people somewhere. what kind -- it was like did you stop beating your wife? it's that kind of question. there's no good answer to that question. >> you're right, it was entirely gotcha. look, the problem here with hagel is that he came into a gun fight with a water pistol. these guys, as you said, were
MSNBC
Jan 29, 2013 6:00am EST
. >> senator daschle, if you parachuted into the united states senate today, newly elected senator, would you recognize the place from the places you group in politically? >> i think you would. i think that obviously the institution itself is still very much intact. we had a discussion of our rules in the last couple of weeks. i think you're going to see the institution continue to evolve. but the basic components are still there, principles are still there. the founding fathers came up with a unique way for everyone to have a role, small states and large states and to contribute. those principles are still there. i'm act which encouraged. howard is right, demographics are changing politics and as they change on immigration, they will change on climate and a number of areas i think the american people will demand senators and congressman find common ground a lot more effectively. we're beginning to see that in the first three weeks of this session. >> let me say also senator and governor dean, the demographics will also change the debt debate. as steve rattner said, we're stealing
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 4:00am EST
united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. [ lane ] are you growing old waiting for your wrinkle cream to work? neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair has the fastest retinol formula. to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. >>> map time! >>> map time! here is the part of the world where more than anywhere else you need to be looking at a map to understand what's going on there in the news on any given day. for reference, here is where our current war is. that's afghanistan. now, the eight and a half yearlong war that we just finished up, that was here. oh, what's that one big country right in between our two wars? that would be iran, and we know why the u.s. feels antsy about iran. this shows in part why iran fee
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 6:00pm EST
, we have, now, 20 women in the united states senate, 16 democrats. we know we support it. we hop our republican colleagues do and there are good men like our president right here in the senate that will. and we're going to make our case that this is -- if we can pass paycheck fairness which will deal with the two major issues, number one, when a woman asks either the guy next to her or her personnel director what her pay is and the guy making it, she can be harassed, she can be punished, she can even be fired. we want to stop that. and second, there's a loophole where they make up that because you're a woman, gender, that they can pay a guy more. but usually, we find those are phony reasons. >> now, senator boxer, this affects, literally, millions of people. this is not a marginal issue at all. when you look at the fact that -- look at families. 12 million families with children rely primarily on women's earnings. 6.3 million families are headed by working single mothers. i was raised by single mothers. so when they only get three quarters, a little over three quarters of a dolla
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 1:00am EST
satisfying most of the time than a united states senate hearing. they frequently have evidence like this right under their noses and they wander off into their agendas and today was a classic example of that. your point is well taken. why not ask about something that the secretary of defense can actually do something about. this is something he can and must do something about obviously. there is an issue this culture of machismo and impunity and sexual violence in the military is not something that was cured by one order from leon panetta or his vigilance over the next couple of years have has got to be more. when one wonders about the issue. >> the good news he says he has seen the documentary. marco rubio has announced that he will vote against chuck haegle and every reason he cites has nothing to do with the secretary of defense. he has policy toward cuba and support for israel and defense budgets which by the way are controlled by the senate and the house of representatives. this is a free one for rubio since he is moving out in a non right wing direction on immigration reform. he ha
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 5:30am EST
. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> name one dumb thing we've been goated into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology. >> but you said back then, it makes us do dumb things. >> well, i can't give aun example. >> thank you. >> iran was another major topic. hagel incorrectly refer referred to the u.s. policy on the nuclear weapons as containment. senator carl levens with quick to help with a clarification. >> i've just been handed a note that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. if i said that, it meant to say that i, obviously, his position on containment we don't have a position on containment. >> just to make sure your correction is clear. we do have a position on containment which is we do not favor containment. >> well, despite his fumbles, it's likely that hagel will become the next defe
MSNBC
Jan 24, 2013 10:00am EST
united states senate that has spent more time than you have on issues of importance to our country. the experience you develop while being on this committee and spending time abroad with world leaders, with your wife, who is at your side today. there's almost no one who spent that kind of time and effort. so i'm happy for you. i know the many conversations we have had over the last two weeks, you're very anxious to serve. you're ready to go. my sense is your confirmation will go through very, very quickly. i do look forward to your testimony today. secretary clinton's here today after a day of hearings both here and in the house, and i think you know you're inheriting a department like many departments throughout government, has numbers of challenges. we saw systemic issues that nide to be addressed and they're in the process of being addressed right now. our nation has budgetary constraints, which means that in all of these departments, creativity is going to have to be utilized to make sure we make the most of what we have and making sure that our u.s. interests are put forth. we
MSNBC
Jan 30, 2013 10:00pm EST
in the united states senate. and he did not choose barney frank, despite me publicly urging him to do so for weeks now. what could the guy possibly have been thinking? we'll find out when the governor joins me tomorrow night on this program. and we'll show you the man he did choose later in the show tonight. that is coming up. she keeps you guessing. it's part of what you love about her. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach, delayed backache or muscle a
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 4:00pm EST
arkansas to first lady of the united states to running for the senate to running for the presidency to being secretary of state. come monday what is she going to do? >> i think she's going to sleep a little. she's been pretty clear about that. i mean, one of the great things about hillary clinton is her dedication to public service. and she has never been without the understanding that there are many ways to serve and it may come in small moments and big lenses like she's just experienced. i think the chance to refresh herself a little bit, both physically and emotionally and frankly intellectually will lead her to make decisions about the role that she believes is the most important one for her to play in the community in which she lives, be it the small neighborhood or the large world she's a part of. >> i would like to think she's going to sleep in, but knowing hillary i think she's going to wake up early and start -- >> take a walk. maybe she'll take a walk. >> she might take a walk. she used to love to do that in the white house with her little cap on. ann, you wrote a piece lo
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 12:00am EST
committees in the united states senate. >> yeah. seeing the blog world just spelled out. i mean, i love blogs, but as a member of the senate on this committee with this point i would not be dragging that stuff into that hearing room. steve clemons of the new america foundation, washington editor at large at "the atlantic," thank you for being here, steve. it's always great to see you. >> thanks, rachel. >> all right. we've got another packed show tonight, including the absolute best reason to watch the super bowl. with all due respect to the ravens and the 49ers and beyonce, we've got a better reason. lots more to come. 8th, five days later, i had a massive heart attack. bayer aspirin was the first thing the emts gave me. now, i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. like say, gas station sushi. cheap is good. and sushi, good. but cheap sushi, not so good. it's like that super-low rate on not enough car insurance. pretty sketchy. ♪ and then there are the good decisions. li
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Jan 29, 2013 11:00am EST
in 2007. you know, you had 22 republicans that are currently sitting in the united states senate today who voted against bush's immigration plan. nine democrats voted against the same exact plan. and of those, i think three or four are from states that obama won, and the others were not. so this is not an easy road. do i think there is a good chance of it happening? probably a 50/50 chance. but until you put it down on paper and you start making thesis senators vote on it, it means nothing, really. >> all right. so, tomorrow the senate judiciary committee taking up the issue of gun control. and there is this anger among democrats, because this list of speakers, it's tilted in favor of guns. so pro gun testimony. so why are we not seeing the same kind of bipartisan support on the gun control issue? >> well, listen, that's more of an emotional issue, if you will, i think, especially after newtown. but, this is not the first type -- i mean, listen, chairman leahy is a longtime advocate, or has been very friendly with the nra, considering his state, a rural state. senator reid, the majorit
MSNBC
Jan 25, 2013 12:00am EST
washington with how republicans have broken the united states senate through abusing the rules. >> it looks like there are going to be a number of -- many more filibusters on motions to proceed. do you think -- do you have any plans to change the filibuster? >> yes, i do. i've said so publicly, and i continue to feel that way. i think that the rules have been abused and that we're going to work to change them. >> first press conference, day after the election, harry reid saying that going forward things are going to change. specifically, this was going to change. the de facto rule that republicans have gerrymandered in the senate for lack of a better term that pretty much everything requires 60 votes to pass now. that has never been how things have worked in this country. i mean, constitutionally it takes a supermajority to impeach a president or ratify a treaty or amend the constitution but not to pass an ordinary bill. ordinary bill passage should just take a majority. but republicans have made it take a supermajority. and harry reid the day after the election said he was going to change
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2013 12:00am EST
you, rachel. >> all right. the united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. a hybrid? most are just no fun to drive. now, here's one that will make you feel alive. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. wears off. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. here at the hutchison household. but one dark stormy evening... she needed a good meal and a good family. so w
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Jan 30, 2013 9:00pm EST
. >> thank you, rachel. >> all right. the united states senate, while we're talking about it, the united states senate set a record today. also, there is a huge development in one of the wars in our world. also, we have a very important chart that imitates life that may undue the agita you felt this morn. if you are against women against violence act, what does that mean you are for? we have a lot coming up this hour. please stay with us. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobody said it to us. introducing the business smart inkjet all-in-one series from brother. easy to use. it's the ultimate combination of speed, small size, and low-cost printing. capella university understands nurses are dealing with a than wider range of issues. and there are ever-changing regulations. when you see these challenges, do you want to back away or take charge? with a degree in the field of healthcare or nursing from capella university, you'll have the knowledge to advance your career while making a difference in the lives of patients. let's get s
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Jan 24, 2013 2:00pm EST
effective representative of the united states. has been as a senator, will be as secretary. >> senator kerry did not tangle too much with republicans but ron johnson pressed him on accusations that the administration tried to mislead the american people after the benghazi attack. >> do you agree with that point? are you willing to work with me or basically agree with hillary clinton that, ah, that's kind of yesterday's news and let's move on? >> well, senator, if you're trying to get some daylight between me and secretary clinton, that's not going to happen here today on that score. but i think you're not -- i think you're talking past each other. >> could be. >> i don't think that was the question. i think that if your question is, should the american people get the truth and does it matter? hillary clinton would say, yes. and i say, yes. >> senator kerry would be the first vietnam vet to lead the state department if confirmed and one point kerry had to stop talking while security removed a protester from the room. >> not a threat to us. when are enough people going to be
MSNBC
Jan 28, 2013 10:00am EST
advocating a path forward. you've got the president of the united states who will unveil his views on a path forward. what this comes down to now is will these house republicans who have pandered to their intolerant tea party base, who have fed into the extremism of that tea party base, are they willing to stand up to the tea party and do what's right for america? we'll see whether they're able to amass the votes to get us forward. >> they might see this is amnesty. what would you say? >> well, you know what? i'm interested in solutions. i'm not interested in rhetoric. i'm not interested in finger pointing. i'm not interested in the old debates, the old sound bites. we need a solution that is fair and balanced. that secures our borders. that has tough, verifiable enforcement. but also provides a path to citizenship for those who are here and part of our economy. when you've got republican senators who are willing to support this, it's time for house republicans to support it as well. >> as you know, part of this plan that was put out and we got the details overnight, it promotes a guest
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legal immigration that is allowed in the united states is based on the state of our economy. we are going to enshrine my here the principle that when there are job openings, americans get the first grab at it. >> senator schumer says he has spoken with president obama and that the president supports the bipartisan plan. president obama is flying to nevada to push the issue there. there was a flash of the old straight talking john mccain today when he was asked why republicans are suddenly ready to compromise so much on immigration. >> one, as i have stated before elections, elections, the republican party is losing the support of our hispanic citizens. and we realize that there are many issues in which we think we are in agreement with our hispanic citizens. but this is a preeminent issue with those citizens. >> today's developments left one right-wing republican observer completely dumbfounded. >> if the democrats think their position on immigration, let's use that for example, is the right one, and if the democrats' position is what is getting all that support from hispanic voters, what i don't understand is why would the democrats want to give up some of those voters to the republicans? can somebody help m
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wanted to stick it to hagel is because they just dislike the president of the united states. in 2008 hagel helped burnish barack obama's candidacy by traveling to the middle east with him. senator lindsey graham also calls himself a friend of chuck hagel. today he was anything but that. graham harped on a comment hagel made in the past about the israeli lobby. hagel has since apologized for the comments. >> name one dumb thing we've been goaded into doing because of the pressure from the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the terminology -- >> but you said back then it makes us do dumb things. so give me -- >> that's what i was referring to. >> -- an example of where we've been intimidated by the israeli/jewish lobby to do something dumb. regarding the mideast, israel, or anywhere else. >> well, i can't give you an example. >> thank you. do you agree with me you shouldn't have said something like that? >> yes, i do. i've already said that. >> when hagel's old friends weren't settling scores, conservative senators were trying to make names for themselves. senator james inhofe opened the hearing saying he will oppose hagel no matter what. >> i believe he's th
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because he wasn't here in the united states congress but i also say to you that although congressman smith is my friend, he is wrong. for the last decade, we have not promoted amnesty. i introduced legislation that talked about legalization and it had to do with paying fines, paying a duty in terms of either service in the military or charitable service. it said get in line and behind all those who had been in line so there were penalties and that's the focus of immigration reform for a decade. but as the president said, we have had nothing but debate and sound bites and no action. now i believe we have an opportunity for action. >> all right. and you believe and despite some members of the house who are republicans who, for example, congressman smith says, he doesn't believe that any proposal will make it through the senate. when you hear those kinds of comments, how do you maintain optimism? >> i guess we'll hear from the president this afternoon and he will probably reinforce access to legalization, access of secure borders and hiring the do undocumented. the way i plan to do it i
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united states house of representatives and the u.s. senate for a total of 40 years. after 40 years i just feel it's somebody else's turn." now this comes a day after georgia republican senator saxby chambliss announced he won't seek re-election in 2014 as well. senator carton is a democrat from maryland. he also sits on the senate foreign relations committee. he joins me now. i want to get your reaction to both of those statements. it was chambliss who said the charged nature of d.c. these days, it's just so poe lliticiz. he cited that for a reason not to seek re-election. >> t.j. first it's good to be with you. in regards to senator hark in, he has been the champion for our children, champion for our seniors, champion with those with disabilities. he will be deeply missed. i can tell you in the democratic caucus and deeply missed in the united states snas. senator chambliss has been one of those who's reached across party line to come up with ways that we can deal with our fiscal issues. i know both will still be in the senate for the next two years. but both valuable members of the
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. why is america, why are we fighting the vietnam war all over again in the united states senate? the ticked off vitriol against chuck hagel. what is it about is? is it for show? is it about something hagel said in the cloakroom? is it the unfairness of vietnam itself that some went and sond didn't. is it about johnson's inability to win that war or end it. what burns so deeply in john mccain these days? it seems to excite those who knew nothing about vietnam but want to replay it. we big into the deep well of resentment purning in john mccain's patriotic heart. a resentment not against the north vietnamese who imprisoned and tr toured him all those years, no the against george w. bush and his political henchmen who tried to stain mccain's reputation back in 2000, but against a guy who fought against fear and ralliesed against wounds just like he did in the same army of america's long nightmare in vietnam, chuck hagel. a nightmare by the way whose flashbacks must haunt still the mind and hart of john sidney mccain. i'm joined by david con and joy reid. both of you, sir and lady, are y
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, nation building, a huge commitment on the part of the united states in this part of the world, and turning our eye away from governments that could be illegitimate or failed states that invite either, you know, terrorists or authoritarian regimes to take root? >> well, there's not a lot of patience for the requirements of understanding here in washington. what secretary clinton said reflected a deep problem, not just in foreign policy but domestic policy, when she said what difference does it make? it's the same type of thing we see on all policies. it's an unwillingness to really bore down and understand the root causes of failures and successes. and that's why i think we see our foreign policy going in a lot of directions. it doesn't seem to be coherent. it sends signals of weakness. we don't understand what north korea really is doing right now. it is not just to provoke us, but it's a product demonstration for iran and other countries that want to see if these things work. we know north korea wants to sell them. so i think there is a perception of american weakness. but our pro
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justified a war, the invasion by the united states. we are still searching for those weapons. they didn't exist. >> clearly, the strangest behavior of the day came from senator rand paul of kentucky. the tea party darling, the leader of the tea party used the hearing to grandstand and advance his political positions. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> tough talk from president paul. his question to secretary clinton should help get to the bottom of things, don't you think? >> now, my question is the u.s. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to turkey out of libya? >> to turkey? >> it just gets weirder from there. >> i will have to take that question for the record. nobody's ever raised that with me. >> it's been in news reports that ships have been leaving from libya, and that they may have weapons. >> ah, i bet you can figure out where those news reports came from. fox news and other conservative outlets are pushin
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the united states. senator dick durbin of illinois is intent on keeping a dream act component as part of the new legislation. >> the dream act is going to be an integral part of comprehensive immigration reform. the dream act will give to these young people the chance that they have been dreaming of, begging for, pleading to give an opportunity. >> i'm sure senator durbin is happy to have his colleagues on board this time around. but when the dream act was voted down in the senate in 2010, one of the no votes was this man, who was up there on the stage today, senator john mccain. another no vote was senator lindsey graham, who is part of this group of eight, who is also a proponent of this new senate plan. these senators see how their votes and attitudes have damaged the republican party in the image business, but the voices of dissent are still out there. >> i don't know that there is any stopping this. it's up to me and fox news. and i don't think fox news is that invested in this. but there is not -- i don't think there is any republican opposition to this of any majority consequen
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in had the united states army, business experience as ail successful entrepreneur, experience in the federal government and the second person in charge of the veterans administration, extensive experience with these issues as united states senator, as president of the atlantic council. you are talking about someone who is perhaps not uniquely, but particularly qualified to serve as secretary of defense, and i think kwaul ficks and his willingness to serve the country, again, you know, back in the 1960s he not only volunteered to go to vietnam, but he served there with great distinction. he is someone who is a patriot, and i think in the end of the day that's going to make the difference. his experience, his intellect, and his commitment to the country. >> and, finally, i don't know if you have heard anything -- any briefing at all on what happened in anchora today with a group that claims to be a left wing group against u.s. forces? we've deployed forces to run the patriot anti-aircraft batteries, the missile systems there. what do you know about what happened at our embassy? >> i just know what's been reported that apparently two people have been killed, including the suicide bomber, and that we're taking precautions to protect am
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embraced by a bipart sfwlan group of united states senators are really in line with what president obama has been calling for, you know, really all the way through his first term. and i think president obama's advocacy and his focus on the need for comprehensive immigration reform during his campaign really created the space for and quite frankly the outcome of the election created this space for this bipartisan cooperation, but, you know, i want to give you a healthy but. there is, you know, the road is littered with gangs of senators, good intentions that were consumed by the legislative process, and, you know, what i'm hopeful about in the house is certainly that the majority of democrats in the house embrace comprehensive immigration reform and the principles that were put forward by the gang of eight, and i'm confident when president obama talks about it today it will be similar. but the question is will the speaker who is dealing with still his group of really extreme republicans who have already signalled not very good comments about the proposal, you know, will he eventually let
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mainstream, that is claiming new scalps today. still even in the united states senate, saxby chambliss, who got an a-plus rating from the nra and a 100% rating from the national right to life committee, he is being forced out. he is not far right enough. thank goodness for former chairman of the republican party and as always a good sport, mr. steele. nice to see you. >> it's good to see you, rachel. >> do you think there is really no imprint at all that mitt romney should have left on the republican party? they're just trying to pretend like he was a bad dream. >> well, that's just silly. and the fact of the matter is that mitt romney went through a primary process in which delegates and activists around the country voted overwhelmingly for him. and so to now sit back and say well, there may not be a romney wing of the party, but certainly as our nominee, he did -- he did have some stature. he did leave an imprint and an impression. and you can't whitewash that. you can't just say it didn't happen, it didn't exist. and if we ignore it and pretend it never did, then everything else we
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person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> perry, republicans in what you're hearing in washington, d.c. proud of the performance they demonstrated yesterday? >> this is a very unusual hearing. usually when an ex senator comes to be nominated for something, his former colleagues treat him nicely. hillary clinton had that, john kerry had that. very striking yesterday. the republicans, they seemed very happy to, you know, pile on a really sharply attack chuck hagel. you saw roy blunt come out today and say he's not voting for this nominee. you saw the republicans be very aggressive. at the same time, every democrat is for him. and as long as the democrats stay with him, it's hashrd to imagine he will not be confirmed. but a very rough and unusual day yesterday for hagel. >> all right, julie, you had the opportunity to work with secretary ray la hood and know about the preparedness that goes into getting cabinet m
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nuclear option in the united states senate. a lot of people don't appreciate how important it was for us to get that done. chuck schumer and i and others and dick durbin were involved a bistart san effort to avert that. we were able to do that with the co-leaders. there is a desire for bipartisanship here in this body. i think we can show the country and the world that we are capable of tackling this issue, a looming and terrible issue that has to be resolved in a bipartisan basis and i believe the majority of the american people support such an effort and i want to thank my colleagues again and the ever congenial senator schumer. >> now we'll have the even more congenial senator durbin. >> i want to thank my colleagues. john mccain, thanks. we have been down this road before but i feel very good about our chances this time. chuck, thank you for your leadership on this. i'm sure that marco and bob and lindsey and i understand that you've been the force behind us. if he's the glue, you're the force an it's worked. we have come to this moment. and here we are facing the issue of immigra
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one person in your opinion who's intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> sir, do you agree it's provocative statement. i can't think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or the congress than what you said. name one dumb thing we have been goaded in to do because of the pressure of the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the term nlg. >> you said back then it makes us do dumb things. you can't name one senator intimidated. now give me one example of the dumb things we're pressured to do up here. >> we were talking in that interview about the middle east. about positions. about israel. >> now that exchange followed another faceoff earlier today with senator john mccain over the war in iraq. >> will you please answer the question? will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in th
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